"I come from people who know how to draw things out. Annoy a SouthernVery amusing. You want proof? Okay.
"When I have a bad night, I look at my dogs."
"I come from people who know how to draw things out. Annoy a Southerner, and we will drain away the moments of your life with our slow, detailed replies until you are nothing but a husk of your former self and that much closer to death."
"Clearly, Jerome and I had a complicated thing going on. He told me scary Jack the Ripper facts, and I had the sudden need to make out with him."
Probably not a good way to analyze a book but this was so much fun to read because the words was so user-friendly. Not in the puns-and-general-humor wProbably not a good way to analyze a book but this was so much fun to read because the words was so user-friendly. Not in the puns-and-general-humor way (though those were abundant), but the yay-this-font-is-big-and-the-lines-aren't-all-squished-up way. It really made me happy. It made this book really fun to read. ...more
Finally finished this sucker. For all the hype about Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the last 50 or so pages took a surprisingly long amount of time to geFinally finished this sucker. For all the hype about Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the last 50 or so pages took a surprisingly long amount of time to get through. Or maybe I just had an unusually busy week.
This is a good book, but it didn't really make me freak out and go all crazy-person. Laini Taylor gives a fresh spin on the classic demons vs. angels, but it still feels sort of overused and this-is-my-side-that-is-your-side. The formatting of the story was pretty funky; Taylor dived right in and didn't provide a solid backstory until the very end of the book. Needless to say, I was a little peeved. I wish she delivered the backstory more gradually, like eating a chocolate bar one square at time versus shoving the whole thing in your mouth.
"The falling snow and the early hour conspired to paint Prague ghostly, like a tintype photograph, all silver and haze."
But I must say, Laini Taylor absolutely nailed the artsy aspect of this book. Karou is this girl with blue hair who goes to an art school in Prague. And the way that Taylor describes the city . . . *dreamy sigh*. And the creativity in Karou's art projects (especially the one with the marionettes) . . . *dreamier sigh*. Stuff like that makes me happy.
But this isn't a book about angels and demons and Prague and backstories (as exciting as those things may seem). Let's cut to the chase: this is a book about hope. Laini Taylor makes that pretty clear by dropping quote after quote after quote:
"Wishes are false. Hope is true. Hope makes its own magic."
"Hope can be a powerful force . . . When you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic."
Daughter of Smoke and Bone has a kind of theme with the ongoing stuff about hope. People who like paranormal books would probably like it. Good-ish book. It's worth it until the last 50 pages, at least. ...more
My sad, sorry attempt to finish this has been dragging on dragging on for well over 2 months now (What? Are you sure? TWO WHOLE FLIPPIN' MONTHS?!) soMy sad, sorry attempt to finish this has been dragging on dragging on for well over 2 months now (What? Are you sure? TWO WHOLE FLIPPIN' MONTHS?!) so I think it's safe to say that The City's Son has now been quietly moved into limbo -- that lonely place between to-read and read that is titled "did-not-finish."
I guess it's time to justify why I did that. I actually liked the idea of urbanized fantasy wars when I started this book, after all. The whole setting of a sort of animated city was really, really detailed. Subsequently, the setting was also really, really hard to follow. It's hard to read a book when you have no idea what's going on. Sorry. Sometimes I'm just stupid.
Now, time for the characters. I liked the character descriptions. I liked the artsy Beth, the underappreciated Filius, etc. But there wasn't anything about the actual personalities of the characters that made me like them. You can start developing strong opinions about personalities halfway through a book, right? Can anyone back me up on this? Is there a rulebook on these things? (If so, why don't I have a copy? Can you get me one?) But that's beside the point. The point is that The City's Son really just isn't my cup of tea.
And the moral of the story is: You can't read a book just by reading the character descriptions. Good night....more
I don't really lnow what I was hoping for in the last installment of this trilogy, but what I got was the same, same, same (not a bad thing). A teensyI don't really lnow what I was hoping for in the last installment of this trilogy, but what I got was the same, same, same (not a bad thing). A teensy prologue that I to skim through (I'm not a big fan of prologues) followed by a couple hundred pages of people waiting around for something to happen, which builds into a giant, amazing, epic scene that leaves me breathless and makes me forget about the not-so-exciting start of the book. Unless you really have a pet peeve for slow beginnings, this is not a bad thing.
This whole series kind of reminded me of a little bit of everything, fantasy-novel wise. The folklore reminded me of Dragonswood (the sequel to Dragon's Keep). The adventure/training reminded me of Eragon and . Basically, this book drew from a lot of familiar things about fantasy and made it into its own, which is pretty cool.
It might seem like there are tons of protagonists in this book, and there are. But the nice thing is that Cinda Williams Chima keeps them straight pretty well. I'm all over this. There are just too many times when there are waaaayy too many characters that really distracts me from the real story.
This series also seems to be one of those "undiscovered gems" in the book world. I don't really hear about it that often (but then, it was published almost 5 years back) but it's a good series.
Are you in the mood for a splash of fantasy? Are you prepared to wait a bit for the fantastic ending? Read on.
Okay. So Bewitching was really, really good. It's better than Beastly (at least, to me). And there are a lot of reasons why this book was really good:Okay. So Bewitching was really, really good. It's better than Beastly (at least, to me). And there are a lot of reasons why this book was really good:
Modern fairytale. Alex Flinn has a real knack for actually questioning those brothers Grimm and Disney princesses, starting with the realization that fairytale characters are usually "as good as they were beautiful." In real life, pretty people are usually mean. So what Alex Flinn basically did was try and see an alternative perspective of fairytales where everything isn't so nice and bubbly. She really tries to communicate these things in her writing, the same way age-old fairytales do.
Characters that are, y'know, real. None of the characters are flat. (massive amount of applause). Zero. Zilch. Nada. Alex Flinn is not lazy like that. Her characters have their own agendas, so readers can ask questions like: So who's the real bad guy? What's she playing at? OMG they are perfect for each other!!! and other important things.
So basically, this book is flippin' awesome. GO READ IT :)...more
I can't say that I'd recommend this series to anyone, unless they were really bored. The truth is that I'm a bit snobbish and the book didn't suit myI can't say that I'd recommend this series to anyone, unless they were really bored. The truth is that I'm a bit snobbish and the book didn't suit my taste. It's just not the same balance of paranormal to real world that I'm used to.
Hocking's writing has certainly matured from the first novel in the Trylle series, but as teachers like to say, "there's always room for improvement." I'm not saying that there weren't good things in the book. There are. And I'd really like to point one out.
The star of the show (for me, at least) was Loki. Loki's like the main character's new love interest. The name itself is enough to make me swoon. I think that his name sounds vaguely Hawaiian. My friend says that Loki means "world" in Hindu. But back to the point. Loki's arrogant but vulnerable, sarcastic, charming, and all that good stuff. It goes without saying that he's my favorite character. I really hope that Amanda Hocking casts a more central part for him in the next novel. I guess I'll figure it out then....more
Cinda Williams Chima takes an unexpected turn in her sequel to The Wizard Heir: she dares to consort with the enemy. Seph McCauley is conniving and inCinda Williams Chima takes an unexpected turn in her sequel to The Wizard Heir: she dares to consort with the enemy. Seph McCauley is conniving and intelligent, just lile any other wizard. But he's actually trying to do good. It's a pretty neat twist.
Actually, The Wizard Heir has a couple of.neat twists. Chronologically, they look a little like this:
BEGINNING: I was all hyped up for another Jack Swift adventire, and then I got swept into a wizard world. It was pretty disorienting, which made it kind of sluggish and hard to get into. But I just kept.plugging away.
MIDDLE: This is a well thought-out book. Chima doesn't do mindless violence. All the action in this book has ulterior motives. Nice.
ENDING: There's a lesson to this thing?!?! How in the world did she manage to fit a life lesson into a fantasy story? That's pretty special.
This is a good book, but probably one best saved for fantasy lovers. Chima tends to shift toward the relational drama that fantasy books tend to have. As for me? I'll just go plug away at the next book....more
I still am totally infatuated by Sophie Jordan's dragon-shifter concept. I was hoping that the lingering traces of breakout YA author would vanish witI still am totally infatuated by Sophie Jordan's dragon-shifter concept. I was hoping that the lingering traces of breakout YA author would vanish with the second book, but there are still a few lingering traces of bothersome things that I think could be fixed with the next book.
The first point that I want to make is how linear the plot is. It's all about Tamra, which isn't a bad thing, but becomes sort of flat after awhile. A little subplot about what the other characters are doing would be nice. The story's also sort of reflective of Andrea Cremer's Nightshade series, which is also about shifters. Cremer's series also has that tormenting love triangle and a conflicted main character. Jordan has so much potential, and I know that she can create more depth and complexity and creativity in the Firelight series. ...more
Cinda Williams Chima has certainly studied up on her folklore. At least it looks like it. The Warrior Heir was a cleverly spun tale of age-old traditiCinda Williams Chima has certainly studied up on her folklore. At least it looks like it. The Warrior Heir was a cleverly spun tale of age-old tradition and brutal gladiator-type fighting. She explores a sort of mystical dystopia within the real world. It's quite refreshing.
Reminiscent of Michael Scott's "Nicholas Flamel" series, The Warrior Heir takes folklore and from various cultures and spins them into a exciting story of a magical society called the Weirs. But their are divisions in the Weirs' ranks. This division results in a forced fight to death, gladiator-style. And Jack is their latest warrior recruit.
The copy that I borrowed from the library was, well, pretty worn, so I'm assuming that it has earned high praise from other avid readers. I'm interested to see what other stories Chima may have up her sleeve. I guess there's only one way to find out. Does anyone know the next book in this series?...more
Helen and Paris. Two faces who will forever go down in history as the ones who sparked the Trojan War. Two lives, forever cursed.
And more pairs who bHelen and Paris. Two faces who will forever go down in history as the ones who sparked the Trojan War. Two lives, forever cursed.
And more pairs who bear the burden of this curse. Helen (a different one) and Lucas are on the brink of jump-starting yet another war. Josephine Angelini spins a tale of Greek mythology, romance, and the modern world to create the world of Starcrossed.
The superpower-type stuff in this book is pretty awesome (especially the flying), but there are a few other paramount tidbits that I must share with you about Starcrossed.
Be forewarned: the beginning of Josephine Angelini's debut novel can get a bit choppy, confusing, and amateur. But if you love Greek mythology as much as I do, you'll stick it out and tirelessly struggle through those first few chapters to unearth a beautiful conglomeration of YA Fiction-Mythology crossover. I was visibly relieved that Angelini managed to find her voice.
And what a wonderful voice it is. Angelini's take on one of the most ridiculously overdone love stories in history is original, captivating, and ever-so-subtly full of wit. She takes the absurd "Face Who Launched A Thousand Ships" and dextrously twists it into her storyline and claims it as her own (As an added bonus, Angelini also makes the whole Trojan War scenario make more sense). She is a master storyteller, not unlike those celebrated storytellers of Ancient Greece.
I am elated that there is actually good mythological contemporary fiction in this world other than Percy Jackson. Thank you, Josephine Angelini. I applaud you, and I look forward to your next book. ...more
Belinda Amorous writes romance books some days. A lot of romance books. Other days, she settles into a deep sadness. Those days, she doesn't move arouBelinda Amorous writes romance books some days. A lot of romance books. Other days, she settles into a deep sadness. Those days, she doesn't move around very much. Alice is her daughter trying to pay the bills and keep her mother's bipolar disorder away from the press. But the publishing company is waiting for a book that hasn't been written, and Alice needs to come up with a new novel - soon. In comes Errol, also known as Cupid, asking for his love story to be told. As Alice writes down Errol's story, she falls into her own, crushing on Skateboard Guy, coming to terms with her mother's disorder, and coming to terms with herself. I fell in love with this book right away. It falls into a very rare category, where I believe it can be classified as both a life lesson and an fun read. I really love how she doesn't just use romantic love, which seems to dominate a lot of literature. There's also an emphasis on relationships with friends and family. I'm looking forward to a long relationship with Suzanne Selfors and her books. ...more
One sentence latched onto my mind throughout the entirety of the novel: "When Matt saw me, he looked really pissed off and a little awed, so I knew thOne sentence latched onto my mind throughout the entirety of the novel: "When Matt saw me, he looked really pissed off and a little awed, so I knew that I must look pretty awesome." It's not really an especially important sentence, but for some reason, it made me crack up. And when I showed it to my friend, she cracked up, too, so I know that I'm not alone in thinking that it's funny. It's little quirks like that which make me like reading self-published books.
Switched is a conglomeration of the remnants of tons of other YA fantasy stuff plus a bunch of little quirks, like the quote above. There is also one character that I particularly love for excessive quirkiness: Tove. Even though he isn't really a main character, I love the way that Amanda Hocking projects his personality: "His disjointed insanity even had it's own charm." I think it's a beautiful sentence in it's own respect.
The romance part of the novel is pretty typical. Hocking makes it clear that there is a set couple from the start. But I commend her for being cliché due to the fact that she makes it crystal clear what was meant to be. Other authors add jealousy and awkwardness and it just doesn't work out. But for Hocking, nothing distracts her. I thank her for that.
For the most part, Switched is your typical YA novel, but it has little quirks that shine through like little holes in the sky that make me want to continue the story. And if you'll excuse me, I now must borrow my friend's Nook so that I can finish the rest of it. ...more